It had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on July 7, 2021. It was released on October 15, 2021, by Apple TV+, to critical acclaim.
As a showcase for the music of a great band, Todd Haynes’ The Velvet Underground does not disappoint: Loud and visceral, the film reanimates songs like “All Tomorrow’s Parties,” “Venus in Furs,” or “Heroin” that might feel like canonical relics of the ’60s when deployed by less deft hands. If you’re a fan, it will send you back to the original albums with new zeal. If the group is only something you know from banana t-shirts and that classic quote about how everyone who bought their first record formed a band, it will likely make you a convert. It feels lame to describe the movie in such blunt terms, but there might not be a better way to put it: The Velvet Underground is a very cool movie, one that understands matters of taste and style on an almost instinctual level.